This year marks the 15th anniversary of Air’s soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides. It also serves as the year that Nicolas Godin, one-half of the French duo, strikes out on his own with his very first solo album, Contrepoint.
For a glimpse at the new LP, Godin has revealed “Orca”, the riveting and bleep-happy opening track. Check it out below via its technicolor music video, directed by Sean Pecknold. Pecknold, brother of Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold, spoke about the clip, saying:
When I first heard this song, I was like: Whoa…. this rules. Then I listened to it for a few days on repeat with my eyes closed. It felt like some sort of instrument battle, and I kept thinking of the ways they visualize music in Japanese play-along video games. I also kept thinking of the opening for a science show from the early 90’s called 3, 2, 1 Contact. Because the song moves so fast, I thought it’d be cool to do a quick-cut montage as this was the opening song on the record. That lead to the idea to create a graphic visual loop for every sound we hear in the song.
Contrepoint is due to arrive in the coming months via Because Music.
Air’s last proper album was 2012’s Le Voyage Dans La Lune.